Stylebook snapshot: August fashion scoop for Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sure, August is known for its lazy, hazy days of summer — but there’s nothing lazy about Pittsburgh’s fashion scene this month.



From new shops and homegrown brands to no shortage of stylish shindigs, there’s plenty of fashionable fun to be had before autumn sets in. Plus, beat the back-to-school blues with a special student shopping event.



Don’t know where to start? Here’s a sampling of some things to check out in the weeks ahead.





Where to mingle: Be prepared to party hop this month, thanks to a fashion calendar that’s chock-full of events. On Thursday at St. Clair Country Club, several Pittsburgh-based designers will showcase their collections at Fashion for a Cause to support Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh and the Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up. Come see the D-I-Y prom looks that helped Alexis Meeker and Carson Wolff of Franklin Regional Senior High School win second place in Duck Tape’s 2016 Stuck at Prom scholarship contest, which tasks teens with crafting formal wear from Duck Tape. A VIP reception and designer meet-and-greet begins at 5 p.m., with general admission festivities kicking off at 6 p.m. Learn more: www.rampfoundation.com.



The following week, Style Week Pittsburgh (styleweekpittsburgh.com) is back for its fourth year with lots of runway shows and receptions, an awards show, dance party and brunch from Aug. 18-21 at venues across the city. Cap the month at Riverlife’s Party at the Pier, which in recent years has turned into one of Pittsburgh’s most fashionable fetes. The theme for this year’s party (7-11 p.m. Aug. 26 at the North Shore Amphitheater; riverlifepgh.org) is “Rhapsody in Blue,” so be sure to channel your inner flapper girl or Gatsby style for the occasion.



New shop on the block: Calling all guys with a soft spot for vintage clothes by the likes of Levi’s, Nike and Ralph Lauren! The shop Royal, which specializes in men’s contemporary casual vintage wear, is expected to open at 4124 Main St. in Bloomfield by the end of the month. Owner Galen Privett has been selling vintage apparel online and at local events for years, steadily building a following.



“While there are some great vintage stores in the city, there aren’t any that specialize in vintage clothing just for guys,” he says. “My dream has always been to create and open a store.”



Eventually, he hopes to stock some new merchandise from local and national brands, too. For more details on the store’s opening, follow Royal on Instagram (@RoyalPittsburgh).



Trending on Instagram: Need some sartorial inspiration? Give Makayla Wray (@moomoomaw) a follow. This aspiring fashion designer and graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was recently saluted by lifestyle website Refinery 29 for her sharp personal style. As part of the site’s Style Roots feature, Ms. Wray shared how her fashion choices have changed since moving to Brooklyn earlier this year (“comfort is my No. 1 thing,” she says) and how to spot if someone is from Pittsburgh just by what they’re wearing. (“We are very big on supporting our local teams, so I think that contributed to the sporty aspect in my style,” she says.) And the coolest thing about being from the ’Burgh?



“It’s a hard-working place. It’s small, so people really get to know each other, and it’s very big on supporting locals,” she told Refinery 29. “There is a heavy audience for art and photography. You get a little bit of city living, but it’s still suburban. I love home.”



Treat yourself: If your wardrobe needs a refresh for the final stretch of summer, consider the new luxury scarves by Pittsburgh-based British stylist and textile designer Niki Whittle. (Some may know her as the founder of the #StylishPittsburgh campaign on Instagram and her blog, StyleStudsAndLace.com.) Her namesake line is rich with vibrant colors and prints inspired by her time living in India before moving to the United States in 2014. She designs pieces by hand in her studio and then sends them to India, where they’re digitally printed and hand finished. Shop the latest from Niki Whittle Designs at www.nikiwhittledesigns.com; scarves range from $99-$135. This month, Ms. Whittle plans to add more items to the collection, such as phone cases and cushions.



Back-to-school style: Spice up shopping for class at the Back-to-School Super Saturday party at The Mall at Robinson. From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, shoppers will be treated to a fashion show and dressing tips in the Style Studio, as well as sweet treats from the Candy Bar and Fudge Farm sampling tables. Actor Jack Griffo from Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans” will be on site to visit with the crowd. (Meet-and-greet line opens at 8:30 a.m.) Information: www.shoprobinsonmall.com.



Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.

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